The New Hip-House
by Nick Murray | May 24, 2013
United by a love of quick rhymes and four-on-the-floor beats and a determination to tell the world just how much they love quick rhymes and four-on-the-floor beats, late '80s producers and emcees like Doug Lazy, Fast Eddie and the Jungle Brothers mashed together hip-hop and house to create, yes, hip-house. Twenty years later, the new generation of hip-housers may be more popular than the old one, but it's no less shameless. Find that hard to believe? Peep Flo Rida rapping over modified versions of both "Levels," 2011's guaranteed EDM festival killer, and "In My Mind," its slightly less ubiquitous 2012 counterpart. Few would question the shamelessness of The Black Eyed Peas, but here they come off surprisingly learned, not only reviving the short-lived subgenre but also sampling one of its few crossover hits, crafting their "Rock That Body" around Rob Base's opening line from he and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two."